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Rep. Richard Baker

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 6th District

Baker was the representative for Louisiana’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1987 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. Richard Baker [R-LA6, 1987-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Baker is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Baker sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Baker was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Baker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Commerce (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Law (11%) Emergency Management (9%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Baker’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Baker voted Nay

Baker voted Not Voting

Passed 220/175 on Sep 7, 2007.

Baker voted Nay

Baker voted Nay

Baker voted Aye

Passed 267/158 on Apr 18, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Jan 2008, Baker missed 693 of 12,283 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: